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Another game, another round of musical chairs for the offensive line.
Left tackle King Dunlap suffered a head and neck injury that could or could not be his third concussion of the year. That injury forced right tackle D.J. Fluker to left tackle, right guard Jeromey Clary to right tackle and brought banged-up Chad Rinehart (toe) off the bench and in at right guard.
Center Nick Hardwick, who was the only player to play every offensive snap for the Chargers this season coming into the game, suffered a stinger in the second half and had to leave the game. Rich Ohrnberger came off the bench to play center.
Head coach Mike McCoy again suited up seven offensive linemen, so when left guard Johnnie Troutman looked like he got injured in the second half, he had to play through the pain.
The shuffling of linemen had been admirable in the past, but it is starting to become a concern. Once Hardwick went down, the line really suffered. In truth, it was not as if Rivers had pristine protection while Hardwick was playing, but it got considerably worse with him on the sideline.
Troutman had arguably his worst game as a pro while Denver defensive tackle Terrance Knighton had one of his most productive games of the season.
Even with all of the woes along the line, the Chargers had 131 rushing yards on 35 carries for an average of 3.7 yards per carry, and that is including four quarterback sacks for 20 yards.